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Hotel Pura Vida
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California
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3 reviews
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“Favorite place we stayed!”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

My friend and I were backpacking around Central America and this was the nicest place we stayed! We were passing through Puerto Viejo on our way to Monteverde and booked this place for the night. We wish we could have stayed longer. The rooms and great and are very affordable. Almut was a great host and the hotel has lots of areas to lounge. I definitely want to go back to Puerto Viejo and stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

Great value. Nice peaceful garden, clean rooms with private bathroom, good matresses, nice owner. Not for backpackers who are looking to meet lots of other backpackers. This is more for a restfull sleep. If you want to meet other people, I suggest Pagalu.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the hotel for 4 nights - the first three were during the time we spent in Puerto Viejo and the fourth when we came back to Costa Rica from Panama - we had no doubt about going back there after the wonderful time we spent the first three days.
This is the kind of place that makes you want to go into tourism and hotels buisness - it belongs to a wonderful couple who simply love their job and put a lot of efforts making your stay there a one you'll not forget.
The rooms are great and very very clean and the atmosphere is one you'll never forget. It's been almost three weeks since we came back from this wonderful vacation and Hotel Pura Vida (also Puerto Viejo in general) was one of our highlights in Costa Rica! Well Recommended!!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Northridge, CA
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We spent only one night at Hotel Pura Vida. I am very glad this was a recommendation in a travel guide as I appreciated the location. It was within two blocks of all the action in Puerto Viejo but in a nicely located, quite place.

The room and bathroom were both quite spacious and clean. The atmosphere of the grounds was lovely and very safe and secure. Very peaceful and relaxing. I actually do not care for the town of Puerto Viejo so I really did appreciate the atmosphere of Hotel Pura Vida.

It is also a nice convenience to have Wifi included, as well as the option for meals provided by owners. Though we did not eat there, the aromas were absolutely delicious.

If you are going to be in Puerto Viejo I would definitely recommend this place.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Just concluded a nice trip to Costa Rica.
One highlight: The Pura Vida hotel in Puerto Viejo.

3 reasons:
- The hotel by itself. The ambiance and decor is just what you need to feel the Tico experience.
- Service, Service Service. Luis and its crew are providing state of the art customer service. Always ready to serve and to help.
- Price. Honestly, you can't get better for this price. I would say, you can't get better for twice this price.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Stayed 4 nights in a single with shared bathroom. Very spacious bed with a double and single bed, fan and bedside reading lamp. Shared bathroom is not accessed via the room which is a plus. Bathroom clean and spacious and very well thought out and also has an open air view. Very comfortable sleep. Free wifi. Limited food menu but all day coffee available. Bike hire for $7 per day. Very large lobby area in garden setting and plenty of places to find some peace and quiet if that is what you want. Short stroll to main street and beach. Fairly quiet after 8pm and can't say I noticed the roosters next door. Hot water wasn't needed but available. Service was excellent and this was great value at $28 per night compared to more expensive lesser quality places in town. Owners live on site but completely unobtrusive and always very helpful. This is a quality well maintained operation and yes no shoes on the polished floorboards and wash the sand off your feet when you come back from the beach but you definitely have the run of the place and an ideal place for a short or long term stay. Very deserving of it's ranking. Not a real issue but like any place with a wooden floor it can get a bit squeaky at night although on the top floor it was more something you tried to limit rather than heard from the other rooms. Great value for CA but especially for Costa Rica.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed in Pura Vida for two nights in october 2012 and were very happy with that choice. The hotel is situated in a quiet area of Puerto Viejo, but only a few minutes away from the beach and the very lively center. Our room was great and we felt very comfortable and absolutly safe in this place.
Almut and Luis are lovely and very helpful. They gave us good hints what to see in this area, and recommendations where to rent bikes and which restaurants provide best meals. Breakfast was delicious and in the afternoon we loved to take sandwiches and drinks in the beautiful and relaxing atmosphere of the inside garden.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Additional Information about Hotel Pura Vida

Property: Hotel Pura Vida
Address: South Of Bus Stop 270 m, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Hotel Pura Vida Costa Rica/Limon

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